I dehydrate in my car. Food/herbs on wire mesh trays or baskets on the rear window shelf, crack the window about "1 to let the moisture out and park it in the sun. Check every 6 hours and turn when needed. If I slice them thin and get full sun, I can do peaches in 1 day. Can't think of anything cheaper than that!
Build a dehydrator. I made one for about $20.00 materials, with 8 24 x 24" racks. It will dry a batch in about 8 hrs.
All you need is a box with a few (three in my case) heat lamps at the bottom with a small fan to push the heat up through the racks. Move the top racks to the bottom and the bottom ones to the top half way through the cycle.
Build your racks out of a frame of wood covered with fiberglass window screen.
Build the box out of whatever wood you have around.
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